Furloughs called off: Furloughed workers across the nation who were already on furlough or who were scheduled to go on furlough on Monday due to the U.S. government shutdown may be able to call off their furlough. On Sunday, spokesman Paul Jackson said that “military contractor Sikorsky Aircraft, a division of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N), has canceled temporary layoffs that had been scheduled to start on Monday,” reported Reuters on Oct. 6, 2013.
Despite the continuing government shutdown, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called off most of the Pentagon’s own furloughed civilian workers.
United Technologies, which had anticipated furloughs starting on Monday called off its furloughs.
Sikorsky, which is a division of United Technologies, and a large military contractor that makes Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters and other aircraft for all five branches of the U.S. armed forces, called off furloughs for nearly 2000 workers which had been scheduled to begin on Monday.
As of Sunday, other big defense contractors have “adopted a wait-and-see attitude” to see whether furloughs will continue or be called off.
Gordon Johndroe, vice president of worldwide media relations of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), said "it's too early to tell" whether the company will carry out plans, announced last week, to furlough some 3,000 employees beginning on Monday. "We'll continue to be in close contact with the Pentagon and are hopeful that our programs and contracts can move forward."
Lockheed Martin, which produces military products like the F-16 Fighting Falcon and other missile defense systems, had announced on Friday that its employees are facing furloughs on Monday as a result of the government shutdown.
Aircraft maker Boeing, whose furloughed employees are limited to its Boeing Defense, Space & Security, is also on a “wait-and-see attitude” on whether its furloughs will be called off.
"We have not received any information from our defense customers about plans to reinstate part of their workforce," spokeswoman Meghan McCormick said on Sunday, "therefore it would be inappropriate to speculate about what it might mean for Boeing employees and operations."
While companies are in a “wait-and-see” situation in regard to calling off existing or scheduled furloughs for Monday or the coming days, it is crucial for any furloughed worker to be familiar with the eight most important questions answered by the United States Office of Personnel Management handbook which states that employees are expected to follow the news in order to find out about the status of furloughs.
During a government shutdown, federal employees are placed in a temporary nonduty, nonpay status which is called a furlough. Furloughs can be called off by the company or a president.
“Employees should follow their agency procedures, including any applicable collective bargaining agreements, which may include monitoring OPM’s website (www.opm.gov) and media outlets for notification that a continuing resolution or appropriation has been signed by the President. “